Saturday, March 22, 2008

This Olde House - Hallway Mudding

I've been tackling many projects myself, with help when it is available. And most of the time I really don't have much (if any!) experience doing some of the things I've been doing.

But I am a firm believer in knowing my limits. So of this stuff is an art form and requires lots of practice to do it correctly. One such art is taping and finishing drywall mud.

I've tried it many times. My basement in Atlanta. My garage on this house. And never once have I been happy with the results of my own efforts. I spent waaaaay too much time doing it incorrectly and the end results were disappointing at best, embarrassing at worst.

So I've come to realize that once I hang drywall, I should leave the rest to a professional. And enter my secret weapon: Troy! He's is to gypsum mud what I am to computers. A god among men. I was fortunate to bump into him at the office one day, and I've been making use of him ever since.

Troy is blindingly fast. He doesn't waste any materials. He is extremely clean. And his rates are exceptional. What he does in an hour would take me eight hours. And my results would always pale next to his. So I pay for him to do it quicker and better than I could. And it is worth it, each and every time.

Anyway, Troy came over today to hit the hall. He's also going to work some magic on the ceiling. He does one pass to put down the tape and fill the bottom of the nail holes. He'll do another pass in a couple of days (after work.) And his third pass will be to sand any extra. He should be finished by the end of next weekend. And Cindy will be painting during Spring Break.

Already we keep saying, "I can't believe how much bigger the hall looks!" And we can't wait until it is finished.

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